Nobody deserves to be in a manipulative relationship. However, sometimes we get caught up with the wrong partner. If you feel you are in a manipulative relationship, the following 5 tips can help you find out before it is too late.
Manipulative people have narcissistic personalities and they are excellent at getting what they want from others. Psychologists have defined Narcissistic Personality Disorder as need for admiration, lack of empathy, pervasive pattern of grandiosity which begin in early adulthood and can be present in different contexts.
1. You don’t have much control over your own life
Manipulative partners want to get their partners’ power involving everything in life such as taking control over your bank account, car, documents, passwords, phone and anything else that can give you any control.
2. They are rarely nurturing or supportive
According to psychologists, we usually seek a partner who are similar to us. However, a person who is manipulative and exploitative instead of being nurturing and supportive has a type of personality known as Machiavellian type. Researchers have discovered that women who are manipulative prefer men who have the same behavior.
3. They don’t seem committed
Another study has revealed that manipulative or narcissistic people usually are sexually promiscuous because they perceive people as conquests rather than human beings which results to them not being committed to a relationship. If you find out that your partner was unfaithful and they don’t seem like they are sorry for that, you are probably in a manipulative relationship. Your partner may know what words to say, but pay attention to their actions. A loving partner will treat you kindly all the time, not just when they do something wrong.
4. They have difficulty handling their emotions
If your partner quickly moves from one emotion to another by looking at their facial expressions, they probably are not even aware of their emotions. Manipulative people tend to hide and avoid showing their emotions. They also have difficulties handling negative emotions such as sadness, anxiety, anger and frustration. They also tend to bottle up which results in bursting out with insults, threats and overall destructive behavior. If you ever feel threatened by your partner, never be afraid to ask for help.
5. You find yourself doing things that you don’t like
Manipulative people tend to behave with their partners as if they are puppets that will do anything regardless of whether they like it or not. If you find yourself doing things you actually hate, you are probably in a manipulative relationship.